This season’s biggest surprises thus far and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
Check out the highlights of last night’s notable NHL games.
CBS SPORTS: Florida Panthers winger Jaromir Jagr lost some teeth after taking a stick to the mouth during his club’s win over the Ottawa Senators.
CALGARY HERALD: Johnny Gaudreau’s hat trick powered the Flames to a 4-1 victory over the Winnipeg Jets, tying their franchise record for consecutive home wins (10) in a season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Flames have also won eight of their last 10 to move within striking distance of a playoff berth in the Pacific Division.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: A lack of scoring punch contributed to the free-falling Canadiens fifth straight defeat and their 10th in their last 12 games.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: While the Canadiens obviously miss superstar goalie Carey Price (knee injury), their offense hasn’t been the same since gritty Brendan Gallagher (broken fingers) was sidelined a month ago. Unlike most of the Habs forwards, Gallagher created havoc in front of opposition nets, which also generated more in-close scoring opportunities.
EDMONTON SUN: It’s nearly Christmas time, and the Oilers still aren’t out of playoff contention yet this season.
SPORTSNET: Rookie Connor Hellebuyck has arrived as the Winnipeg Jets’ new starting goalie.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Let’s see how he performs over the course of this season before awarding him that job. I recall folks were saying the same thing about Michael Hutchinson around this time last season .
SI.COM: The struggles of Steven Stamkos and Phil Kessel are among this season’s surprises thus far.